18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: London
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  17​h
1
Hikkaduwa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Mirissa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Weligatta
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Uda Walawe National Park
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
6
Nilaveli
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Kalkudah
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: London

3
nights
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
Relax by the water at Hikkaduwa Beach and Jungle Beach. Visiting Ahungalla Beach and Sea Turtle Farm will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hikkaduwa: Bentota (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Bentota Beach) and Lak Gems & Jewellery (in Unawatuna). There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hikkaduwa trip app .

London, UK to Hikkaduwa is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi. Traveling from London to Hikkaduwa, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in April, things will get much warmer in Hikkaduwa: highs are around 39°C and lows about 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Bentota, Ahungalla Beach, Sea Turtle Farm
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Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

3
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Matara Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery. Take a break from Mirissa with a short trip to Handunugoda Tea Estate in Ahangama, about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach, explore the ancient world of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mirissa online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in April, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Weligatta.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, Handunugoda Tea Estate, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery, Matara Beach
Highlights from your plan
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Matara Beach ©
Matara Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Weligatta

Weligatta ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bundala National Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Weligatta tour planner .

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Weligatta takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Weligatta

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park

2
nights
Yala National Park

Yala National Park ©
One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kataragama Temple and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiri Vehera and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Yala National Park itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Weligatta to Yala National Park with the Route module. In April, daytime highs in Yala National Park are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Kataragama
Highlights from your plan
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris
Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple

3
nights
Uda Walawe National Park

Uda Walawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Get in touch with nature at Udawalawe National Park and Elle Wala Waterfall. Step off the beaten path and head to Udawalawa Safari and Sampath Gems. Step out of Uda Walawe National Park to go to Udawalawa and see Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage, which is approximately 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Transit Home (ETH).

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Uda Walawe National Park trip website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yala National Park to Uda Walawe National Park. In April, daily temperatures in Uda Walawe National Park can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Nilaveli.

Things to do in Uda Walawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Elle Wala Waterfall, Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage, Sampath Gems
Highlights from your plan
Uda Walawe National Park ©
Uda Walawe National Park
Discover Sri Lanka by Lakpura LLC ©
Discover Sri Lanka by Lakpura LLC
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

2
nights
Nilaveli

Nilaveli ©
The coastal resort town of Nilaveli draws visitors with its beaches, dive spots, and seaside hotels.
On the 23rd (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Pigeon Island National Park and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Nilaveli trip planner.

Getting from Uda Walawe National Park to Nilaveli by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Nilaveli

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Trincomalee
Highlights from your plan
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Pigeon Island National Park ©
Pigeon Island National Park

2
nights
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Kallady Beach, then make a trip to Batticaloa Gate, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Passikudah Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kalkudah route planner .

Drive from Nilaveli to Kalkudah in 2.5 hours. On the 26th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Batticaloa
Highlights from your plan
Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach
Kallady Beach ©
Kallady Beach
Batticaloa Gate ©
Batticaloa Gate

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